There may be a simpler way to help Canada’s poultry and dairy farmers adjust to trade, says an economist from the University of California Davis: get rid of supply management and allow farmers to export chicken and dairy products to the world. | File photo

Has chicken industry lost out?

In late October the federal government created a couple of working groups with the goal of helping Canadian dairy and poultry farmers adjust to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. There may be a simpler way to help Canada’s poultry and dairy farmers adjust to trade, says an economist […] Read more

International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr spent a snowy lunch with leaders of Manitoba’s farming and agriculture communities in downtown Winnipeg Nov. 2 just before heading to China.  |  Ed White photo

Trade mission to China reflects new optimism

Three federal cabinet ministers will visit China this week as Canada focuses its trade gaze on the Asian country

Snow was falling and servers were shivering, but the mood was warm and sunny as leaders of Canada and Manitoba’s farming industries mingled with government representatives to celebrate agricultural trade. It was easy to understand why they were so happy. A few months earlier, the North American Free Trade Agreement was in doubt, the Comprehensive […] Read more

Federal legislation implementing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership received royal assent October 25, moving Canada closer to becoming the sixth country to implement the trade deal. | Twitter/@CanadaTrade image

CPTPP implementation legislation receives royal assent

Federal legislation implementing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership received royal assent today, moving Canada closer to becoming the sixth country to implement the trade deal. The federal government must now notify the other CPTPP countries that its ratification process is complete before the country becomes the sixth member to do so after […] Read more


Canadian agri-food exporters have been urging the federal government to quickly ratify CPTPP so that Canada doesn't lose sales of pork, beef and canola to Japan. | File photo

House of Commons ratifies CPTPP; Senate up next

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership is getting close to reality. On Tuesday, members of Parliament voted to ratify the CPTPP, an 11-nation trade deal between Pacific nations, including Japan, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia. The legislation, Bill C-79, will now go to the Senate to complete the ratification process. If it […] Read more

TPP-11 ratification must wait until fall

Government introduced legislation earlier this month to ratify deal, but it didn’t pass before Parliament’s summer break

On June 21, Luc Berthold was about to get in his car, leave Ottawa and drive home to his riding of Megantic-L’Erable. The member of Parliament was heading to Thetford Mines, south of Quebec City, because the House of Commons adjourned for the summer June 20. Berthold, the agriculture critic for the Conservative party, was […] Read more


The federal government brought forward legislation yesterday to enact the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership. The deal, better known as the TPP, is an 11 nation trade agreement that includes the key country of Japan. | Screencap via Twitter/@JustinTrudeau

Ottawa moves to ratify TPP-11

In a week where Italy threatened to blow up the Canada-European Union free trade deal and the U.S. formally imposed $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods, there was actually some good news for Canadian farmers. The federal government brought forward legislation yesterday to enact the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership. The deal, better […] Read more

Canadian agriculture groups are welcoming the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) signed by the Canadian government and 10 other nations in Santiago, Chile on March 8. | Screencap via Twitter/@CanadaTrade

Canadian ag groups applaud CPTPP signing

Winnipeg (CNS Canada) – Canadian agriculture groups are welcoming the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) signed by the Canadian government and 10 other nations in Santiago, Chile on March 8. “Canadian farmers are export dependent. This agreement not only opens up new market opportunities which will translate to added profitability for this industry, […] Read more

Canadian agricultural leaders want Ottawa to formally ratify the deal as soon as possible, otherwise Canadian beef, pork and canola exporters could face a disadvantage when competing against countries like Australia. | File photo

Ag sector wants quick action on trade agreement, but auto industry fears cast shadow

In January, Canada’s agriculture industry celebrated when the federal government committed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. A month later, Canadian agricultural leaders are still pressing the government on the deal, which has recently been revived as the Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership or CPTPP. They want Ottawa to formally ratify the deal as soon as […] Read more


The federal government announced Jan. 23 that Canada had agreed to a revised version of the TPP. The deal is formally known as the Comprehensive Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership, a free trade pact with Japan and nine other Pacific nations. | Michelle Houlden graphic

Japan key in new TPP deal

OTTAWA — Canadian farmers should be doing a Snoopy-like dance of joy over the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, says an agricultural trade expert who served Canada for three decades. That’s because the deal opens up the Japanese market, a feat that would have been nearly impossible in a Canada-Japan free […] Read more

The writer argues that the American dairy industry loses its chance to improve access to Canada’s market if the North American Free Trade Agreement re-negotiation ends in failure.  |  File photo

Opinion: Dairy progress off table if NAFTA fails

To the U.S. dairy industry: Your industry has a window of opportunity for improving access to the Canadian dairy market. However, that window will close if the North American Free Trade Agreement talks fail. Your chances for improved access will be even worse if the United States withdraws from NAFTA. U.S. negotiators have made poison-pill […] Read more